Sharla Clark, DO

September 9th, 2015

Reaching menopause is a natural life chapter; yet coping with the numerous physical and emotional side effects might not come so naturally and can be a bit of mystery to your spouse. While the overall experience is unique for each woman, the ups and downs definitely affect those around you – and in particular, your partner. The more you know about menopause, the better you communicate. With heightened communication, the more easily you and your partner will be able to get through the various chapters and stages as a team.

It is understandably a stressful time for you, but we often forget that it can be a stressful time for our partners. Many women, as they approach menopause, do not quite know what to expect and because of this, their partner may be even more baffled. As a woman journeys through the various chapters of menopause, the hormones in her body fluctuate, resulting in mood swings, tiredness and other bothersome menopausal symptoms. As a women goes through the various twists and turns, it can be difficult for her partner to figure out what to do – and what not to do.

Good communication is a fundamental part of any healthy relationship, especially for those at menopause. Starting a dialogue, learning together and a basic knowledge of symptoms is extremely important. Common physical changes such as hot flashes, palpitations, loss of vaginal lubrication, changing in sexual function, fatigue, headaches, mood swings, anxiety, irritability and other changes like thinning hair, memory issues, and insomnia have a profound effect on some women. As one half of a team, it is important to discuss, address and deal with the various changes together.

I am hosting the Red Hot Mamas Seminar on Tuesday, September 15 at Portneuf Medical Center. The event will focus on “Your Partner’s Menopause: what you need to know about her transition.” We will discuss how to talk about menopause. In order to maintain a healthy relationship, you’ll need to give your partner an overview of what you’re experiencing on a physical and emotional level. Believe it or not, your loved one wants to understand this significant life transition. Through education, they can better understand; by opening up the dialogue, your spouse can help make you feel less isolated, frantic, and anxious. So bring your partner and come and learn together.

Doors open at 6pm and the presentation will begin at 6:30. There will be a question and answer session following the presentation. Registration is preferred; to register online. To learn more about upcoming events and seminars at Portneuf like us on Facebook.